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5/8/15

British elections; Conservatives win big and all losers resign party chairmanship

Farage stood by his pre-election promise to resign if he lost his bid to win a seat in the House of Commons.

"I feel an enormous weight has been lifted from my shoulders," he said Friday at a court center in Margate in the electorate of South Thanet east of London where he contested Thursday's election.

Farage finished second behind Conservative Party contender Craig Mackinlay, a former UKIP deputy leader.

UKIP gained nearly 3.8 million, or 13 percent, of votes across the United Kingdom, but finished second or third in a number of constituencies.

Nick Clegg, the leader of Britain's Liberal Democrats, retained his own constituency in Sheffield, but resigned as party leader on Friday after accepting responsibility for the "catastrophic" loss of seats during Thursday's parliamentary election. "It is now painfully clear that this has been a cruel and punishing night for the Liberal Democrats," Clegg, who served as deputy prime minister for five years under David Cameron, said.

British opposition leader Ed Miliband announced his resignation as head of the Labour Party after a crushing defeat in Thursday's election.

"It's time for someone else to take forward the interests of this party," he said during his concession speech.

Miliband, who will remain in parliament after winning his constituency, said "Britain needs a strong Labour Party...that can rebuild after this defeat."

Read more: UKIP leader Nigel Farage fails to win seat in UK election, Clegg resigns leadership post | News | DW.DE | 08.05.2015

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